The Movieguide® Awards honors the best family-friendly movies and television shows of the previous year. The 23rd Movieguide® Awards saw a marked increase in attendance. Perhaps it is the recognition that Family, Faith, and Values-based films are on the rise, or perhaps it is the precarious state of our world today. Whatever the reason, there was joy, gratitude and a feeling of home and community for the evening.
The Movieguide® not only picks the best movies for mature audiences, but awards the $100,000 Epiphany Prizes for Most Inspiring Movie and TV program of the Year. This award is supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Comedian Bill Engvall returned as host of the awards for the second year in a row. “I love what I am seeing here—last year was good, this year is bigger, I am honored that they asked me back for another year,” he said.
Music legend Stevie Wonder appeared as the special musical guest for the awards show. Wonder lent his tremendous musical abilities to a special tribute honoring Gospel music innovator, singer, and songwriter Andraé Crouch. Crouch was originally scheduled to perform during the awards gala before his untimely passing on January 8.
Crouch paved the way for American contemporary Christian music and worked with musical legends such as Elton John, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder, earning seven Grammy awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Stevie Wonder was joined by gospel and R&B artists Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, a cappella group Take 6, and Jonathan Butler.
Take 6’s Claude McKnight III said, “It was an incredible experience. We grew up listening to Andraé Crouch, we’ve done some of his music, we actually performed on his last CD. So to be honoring him, and to be a part of that is the high point of our career.”
Ledisi had similar sentiments: “To sing Andraé Crouch’s songs in tribute to him—I mean, I did the funeral when he ultimately passed, we were all there supporting. But this is even more of continuing his legacy, so it felt really good. You know, really good!”
The legacy of Andraé Crouch not only changed music, but reached into the movie industry with his Oscar nominated song “Maybe God’s Trying to Tell You Something” from Steven Spielberg’s THE COLOR PURPLE. Crouch also arranged music for Disney’s 1994 animated feature THE LION KING.
Crouch and his sister, Sandra pastored at New Christ Memorial Church in Pacoima, California, a San Fernando Valley suburb of Los Angeles.
Movieguide® Award founder Dr. Ted Baehr said, “Andraé had a unique spiritual impact on millions of Americans. His love for others was clearly demonstrated in his work and ministry. Andraé made the world a more beautiful place, and that’s why we’re honoring him at the Movieguide Awards.”
The Movieguide® Awards airs this Saturday, February 21 on the REELZ Channel at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and 4:00 p.m. Pacific. Visit REELZ.com, type your zip code, and you can locate the channel in your area where REELZ airs.